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Creating Jet Fuel from Biomass Waste

Creating Jet Fuel from Biomass Waste

Jan 13, 2011 at 07:46 | Al Fin

First British Airways, and now Qantas are teaming with the Solena Group to build commercial plasma gasification and Fischer-Tropsch plants to create synthetic jet fuel from carbonaceous biomass waste. Solena's…

The Issues with Corn Ethanol

The Issues with Corn Ethanol

Jan 12, 2011 at 10:37 | Gail Tverberg

Brian Westenhaus, over at New Energy and Fuel, has been telling me what a good product corn ethanol is. He is very familiar with raising corn for ethanol, and can…

Everyone is Lying About Ethanol

Everyone is Lying About Ethanol

Jan 05, 2011 at 08:38 | Brian Westenhaus

Let’s start with a lie, albeit most likely the lowest level of lie, everyone is lying about ethanol.  It has gotten so that the lies are pervasive, even such that…

Major Breakthrough for Seaweed Biofuel

Major Breakthrough for Seaweed Biofuel

Dec 20, 2010 at 11:32 | Brian Westenhaus

Getting biofuel supplies from seaweed has taken a giant leap forward from work by Yong-Su Jin, a University of Illinois Assistant Professor of Microbial Genomics and a faculty member…

Why Sugar Beets are Preferable to Corn for Ethanol Production

Why Sugar Beets are Preferable to Corn for Ethanol Production

Dec 16, 2010 at 09:35 | Al Fin

focusing on beet ethanol makes sense for a number of reasons. Green Vision’s figures show that beets produce twice as much ethanol per acre as corn and require about 40…

Could the Farmland Bubble be about to Burst? What Will this Mean for Corn Ethanol

Could the Farmland Bubble be about to Burst? What Will this Mean for Corn Ethanol

Dec 13, 2010 at 11:45 | Brian Westenhaus

There’s another bubble blown up and ready to pop. Its farmland all across the U.S. priced off the chart.  For the alternative fuel future this is an extreme danger moment,…

Biofuel News: Research Moving away from Algae to Seaweed

Biofuel News: Research Moving away from Algae to Seaweed

Dec 08, 2010 at 10:11 | Brian Westenhaus

It’s coming – research interest is moving toward seaweed from algae.  For algae enthusiasts, keep in mind that technically speaking common algae is micro algae and seaweed is macro algae. …

Biofuels and Sugar Production – The cure for Petroleum Addiction

Biofuels and Sugar Production – The cure for Petroleum Addiction

Dec 03, 2010 at 08:00 | Brian Westenhaus

So far the best use of CO2 whether as a fuel use byproduct or already in the atmosphere is get it back to a simple sugar.  From there the sugar’s…

Are Ethanol Producers Exporting Taxpayer Subsidized Ethanol

Are Ethanol Producers Exporting Taxpayer Subsidized Ethanol

Nov 30, 2010 at 10:30 | Robert Rapier

Ulterior Motives Behind the Ethanol Pipeline? Ethanol producers in the Midwest have lobbied for support to build a pipeline to ship their ethanol to the East Coast. As I…

Reality Check for the Miracle Biofuel Crop Jatropha

Reality Check for the Miracle Biofuel Crop Jatropha

Nov 29, 2010 at 11:03 | SciDev SciDev

The hardy jatropha tree as a biofuel source may not be the panacea for smallholders that some have claimed, say Miyuki Iiyama and James Onchieku. It sounds too good to…


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